Hadestown: Why We Are Obsessed!
By Brookelynn Mason
You've probably heard the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice--guy's girl dies, and he travels into the depths of the Underworld to strike a deal with Hades to retrieve her. This is the basis for Hadestown. Add in a diverse cast of extremely talented human beings and a score in the style of folk music (Anais Mitchell, we see you!), and you've got an idea of just how unique and amazing this show is.
Photos: Joan Marcus
Originally a concept album set in a Depression-era dreamscape, Hadestown was recently showcased Off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop in 2016 and received RAVE reviews. This production introduced the world to just how absolutely flawless Amber Gray is, and she's currently killing it in The Great Comet on Broadway and paved the way for Damon Daunno to change your life in this year's Beardo.
Hadestown is everything we like at YesBroadway: the music is fresh, unique, and exciting; the staging is innovative; the cast is diverse and full of talented people of color; and, of course, the story is relatable and familiar. Keep your eyes on this show as we think it is on it's way to Broadway. For now, it is going to have a run at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton for the Canadian premiere in November. This literally might be worth a trip to Western Canada!
Check out a few songs from the show on the recording and you'll fall for it just as hard as we have!
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